OpenCity Weekly Review

Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world. This week we bring you Detroit’s urban farms, lessons from the Netherlands, Toronto’s Park People, and why the design of transit stations matters.

  • Lessons From the Netherlands
  • Vancouver architect and property developer Michael Geller travels to the Netherlands and brings back some key observations about housing and design. In the words of Liz Lemon: We want to go to there. (via City Caucus)
  • Toronto’s Park People Creating Fertile Ground for Growing Neighbourhoods
  • Parks are a key part of any city, but they are often the one that gets the least love when it comes time to draft up the city budget. Luckily, locals have banded together as volunteer stewards for their local parks. A Toronto organization, Park People, acts as an umbrella organization in Toronto for those involved in making their park better. (via Torontoist)
  • Hey, TTC: This is How Our Subway Stations Should Look
  • Forget that dank stairwell disappearing into the street, this article argues for transit stations that are visually interesting. This makes us wonder: do we pay enough attention to beauty in our transit systems? Having a system that runs well is key, but having a system that runs well and is beautifully designed is better. (via Toronto Standard)

photo of a set of buildings along an Amsterdam canal by Maurobrock from Flickr (cc)

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